Parks Canada Rejects Liam Neeson Movie Permits After Learning of Indigenous Character
Published Mar 08, 2017Nothing can stop Liam Neeson from cranking out gritty revenge thrillers, though production on his next film was recently halted when they were denied access to film in Banff and Jasper. According to location scout Mark Voyce, Parks Canada denied a permit to the crew when they learned that one of the characters was an Indigenous gang leader.
As reported by the Canadian Press, a representative from Parks Canada contacted Voyce to ask whether or not one of the gang leaders would be played by an Indigenous actor.
When they learned that Métis actor and songwriter Tom Jackson has been cast in the role, Parks Canada denied the filmmaker's application. They reportedly cited "aboriginal concerns" and added that the film might need an environmental assessment.
Responding to the Canadian Press, an email from Parks Canada added that they reserve the right to refuse applications that don't align with their priorities.
With the working title Hard Powder, the film is an adaptation of the Norwegian flick In Order of Disappearance. Both projects come from director Hans Petter Moland.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Neeson playing Nels, an upright snowplow driver in a glitzy Colorado ski town whose life is turned upside down when his son is murdered by the powerful local drug kingpin. He then seeks to dismantle the cartel, but his vengeful crusade sparks a turf war between a Viking gangster and a Native American mafia boss."